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Chapter 28Afrocentricity

Elisa

My friend Shawn is Nigerian-American. Mostly, he dresses very stylistically Western. It never hit me as peculiar until he wore a very non-Western, bold printed tunic. I honestly didn’t know what to say, but I had to ask. “What’s going on with the shirt?” “It’s Nigerian.” The print was super bold—I said I thought it was really fun but I didn’t know what to make of it because there was so much going on. He said, “you don’t have to understand it. Because I’m Nigerian, I do.” I didn’t really get his point until I read this chapter. I was trying to put a Western frame around his outfit, how very Eurocentric of me. It didn’t fit into any of my boxes because it wasn’t made for those boxes. I would call Shawn’s response to me Afrocentric because the meaning of the thing (in this case, his wardrobe) was assigned by him (a Nigerian American), it benefits him, and affirms his identity and humanity. Even our exchange could be part of his Afrocentricity; he didn’t let me (a white Western) define his reality. I assume Asante would affirm the exchange as a good start at reclaiming ground.




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Chapter 28Afrocentricity

Elisa

My friend Shawn is Nigerian-American. Mostly, he dresses very stylistically Western. It never hit me as peculiar until he wore a very non-Western, bold printed tunic. I honestly didn’t know what to say, but I had to ask. “What’s going on with the shirt?” “It’s Nigerian.” The print was super bold—I said I thought it was really fun but I didn’t know what to make of it because there was so much going on. He said, “you don’t have to understand it. Because I’m Nigerian, I do.” I didn’t really get his point until I read this chapter. I was trying to put a Western frame around his outfit, how very Eurocentric of me. It didn’t fit into any of my boxes because it wasn’t made for those boxes. I would call Shawn’s response to me Afrocentric because the meaning of the thing (in this case, his wardrobe) was assigned by him (a Nigerian American), it benefits him, and affirms his identity and humanity. Even our exchange could be part of his Afrocentricity; he didn’t let me (a white Western) define his reality. I assume Asante would affirm the exchange as a good start at reclaiming ground.




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